Rank zero

photo (2)The demise of Top Rank and much of Western Tower was long said to be the point at which the public engage in the new scheme.

But it’s been more of an opportunity to reminisce with endless photos and memories appearing on online local media.

And since nothing is going to happen there for years, it raises further questions about what will eventually emerge – and when.

While next door Thames Tower’s chequered history is long behind it with work¬†progressing at pace on a dramatic revamp, the Western Tower site is going to lie empty, as what was once described as a ‘pop-up park’.

The impression it gives is one of indecision, doubt and rethinking.

With hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space emerging all around, this gateway site looks likely to remain an eyesore – albeit less of one than it used to – for the foreseeable future.

What might help is if someone started telling us what events might be put on in the new public space. Otherwise 3.25 acres of prime town centre land will continue to leave people scratching their heads as to why its potential cannot be fulfilled.


About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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